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Director of the Palmyra Museum: Mummification in Palmyra civilization demonstrates its advanced scientific level

Damascus, (ST)- Archaeological excavations revealed that the Palmyrenes knew a highly developed mummification methods based on their religious belief in the existence of life after death. This indicates the advanced scientific level of Palmyra civilization which presented mankind a great legacy of science and knowledge.

During his lecture at Abu Rummana Cultural Center, the Director of the Palmyra Museum, Dr. Khalil Hariri, reviewed the secrets of mummification as being part of the bright civilization of Palmyra and the religious rituals, because death occupies a large part of the lives of people in Palmyra, given their belief that the grave is their last shelter and house of comfort and eternity.

Hariri said that through mummification, the ancient people of Palmyra tried to preserve the bodies of their dead for thousands of years by using special materials and drugs.

Turkish Aggression Destroys Archeological sites in the Northeast of Syria: DGAM

DAMASCUS, (ST)-  The archeological sites and hills in the northeast of Syria, mainly in Qamishli and Tal Abyad areas, are being exposed to a huge destruction because of the Turkish aggression on these areas.

These important archeological hills, which date back to thousands of years, have witnessed major archeological discoveries over the past decades by tens of foreign archeological missions that worked in Syria before the war, Dr. Mahmoud Hammoud , the Director-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM), said in a statement to SANA on Thursday.

Hammoud, added that the Turkish aggression has caused damage to several archeological sites, including Halas and al-Fakheriya hills in Ras al-Ayn area and al-Sadd al-Abyad hill which date back to the modern stone age and which had been home to several consecutive civilizations.

Ugarit, the cradle of civilization, holds its first tourism festival

"Syria is a wonderful country. It enjoys a charming nature, a deep-rooted civilization and archaeological sites. I am thrilled  to attend a cultural and tourism festival in Syria because  festivals celebrate a country's glorious heritage and culture” Pierre Stevenson , a tourist from Norway said in a statement to the Syriatimes e-newspaper on the sideline of Ugarit First Tourism Festival recently held in the historic city of Ugarit in Ra’as Shamra area in Lattakia countryside.

An ancient mosaic painting returns to the National Museum in Damascus

On October 7, Syrian expatriate Mohammed Waseem al-Ramli returned a Syrian mosaic painting from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Canada to the National Museum in Damascus. The mosaic painting was smuggled to Canada at the end of 20th century.

The painting, which consists of two parts, formed the floor of a church of convent dating back to the late 5th century/early 6th century AD, measuring a total of 347 by 273.5 centimeters.

The mosaic depicts animals, decorations, and vases. It is made from limestone. It was most likely unearthed in the northwest of Syria between Idleb and Hama.

1974- the first national museum in Deir Ezzor

The Syrian Jazira, Eastern region OF Syria, has some of the most important archaeological centers in Syria and in the East in general. Archaeologists attribute the agricultural revolution in its primary form to this region and the regions surrounding it, since 12000 years. On its land several old human concentrations created what is known as the precivilized world and the development of the city- kingdom systems. The region incubated, also, places that witnessed the dawn of human civilizations (the 7th millennium BC) in addition to other evidence of Assyrian, Babylonian, Roman and Islamic kingdoms-cities. In the ages of modern history the Syrian Jazira witnessed vivid activity. During the Roman rule it was an important station of trade between the Roman Empire and India.